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Vancouver Farmers Market Opens!

There are close to 5,000 farmers markets in the US, according to the Department of Agriculture. My favorite? The Vancouver Farmers Market, of course!

Opening Day at the Vancouver Farmers Market

The market opened on Saturday and it was packed. The sunny weather helped attract a crowd that was absolutely elbow to elbow during the noon hour. We were pleased to purchase a whole, cooked crab, beets, pears, carrots, Chinese broccoli and, for Gary, a massive ginger snap cookie.

Many food booths were doing a line out the door business, so to speak. Paella, gumbo, stir fries, seafood chowder, strawberry shortcake, there were plenty of choices. My favorite tamale stand wasn’t there but will be in the near future.

Stir fry in process

Third batch of paella for the day

The bread from Julia Bakery is always amazing

As always, the flower vendors were making spectacular bouquets, although I always worry about the daffodil and tulip combos because, if not soaked alone for 24 hours, daffodils secrete a sap that can destroy the tulips. Nonetheless, the arrangements were stunning.

Flower arrangements unlimited

The crafts are always colorful at the market and beautifully made. These felt hats could have been the subject of a still life painting.

Fabulous felted wool hats

And no market is complete without entertainment. A belly dancer provided the noon time performance. I covet her flat stomach!

Belly dancing at the market

One of the best things about the market is knowing that it will happen every weekend now through October. Except for perhaps kayaking, I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning.

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1 Susan { 03.23.10 at 10:04 pm }

Just makes me want to visit and we live in Ohio!

2 Susan { 03.23.10 at 10:05 pm }

These pictures are amazing.

3 Susan { 03.23.10 at 10:06 pm }

I can practically smell the bread, feel the felted hats and barely resist the flowers.

4 Sue Anderson { 03.25.10 at 10:12 am }

Speaking of belly dancers, didn’t you take a belly dance class last year? And does that mean we’ll be seeing you up on stage later this summer at FM? :-)

5 Katlin Smith { 03.25.10 at 1:23 pm }

Hahaha – I’m afraid I have “retired” my coin skirt and finger cymbals. And trust me the Farmers Market is better for it! :)

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